I finished my first ever piece of crochet clothing, and I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you! Like most crocheters, clothing intimidates me.. but I wanted to take the plunge and try something new.
At first, I tried my hand at a cardigan of my own design and it was just not working out. I opted for something a lot more simple. Like.. crochet a rectangle and sew some sides together simple. That’s how easy this shrug is!
You may have seen many other variations of this shrug, and to be honest I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea. How can a square/rectangle possibly be clothing? Once I worked this up with a delicious Caron Big Cake – I was persuaded. Big time. I love the striping of this yarn and how soft it is! (It’s even 100% acrylic which is a win for me as I can’t wear wool items too long without getting itchy.)
To me, this is perfect lounge wear to cozy up in. Pair this shrug with a nice cup of something hot, slippers and some yarn or a book – you’ll have the perfect little slice of heaven on Earth.
I found the stitch in my one and only stitch dictionary (link below), and it worked up so quickly. The name of the stitch is called “Rope Stitch”. I used this stitch for my infinity scarf that I worked up with the Sprinkles Caron cake, which is a super bulky weight. You can see how that worked up and get the free pattern here.
I wanted to use just one Caron Big Cake for this so I did some edging to make it the size I needed. If you make a larger size (which I have instructions on how to make this bigger below) and use the Caron Big Cakes, you will need another cake in order to complete the shrug.
Caron Big Cake in Cookie Crumble (2 cakes if you are making medium, large, or XL)
Worsted weight yarn in black
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4″ x 4″ – 12 stitches x 7 rows in DC
Ch = Chain, DC = double crochet, st – stitch(es), HDC = Half double crochet
The two things that will be different for the sizes are the beginning chain and the number of rows. Below, I have the sizes with the corresponding number of beginning chains and number of rows to complete. Everything else in the pattern will be the same.
Small: Measures 36″ from armhole to armhole – Beginning chain 114 ; 48 rows
Medium: Measures 38″ from armhole to armhole – Beginning chain 120 ; 48 rows
Large: Measures 40″ from armhole to armhole – Beginning chain 126 ; 50 rows
XL: Measures 42″ from armhole to armhole – Beginning chain 132 ; 50 rows
Row 1: Chain beginning number of chains according to size you are making, DC in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, DC in next ch, *skip 1, DC in next st, ch 1, DC in next st, repeat from * across, DC in last st, turn
Row 2: Ch 3, skip next 2 DC, *(DC, Ch 1, DC) all in ch 1 space from previous row, skip next 2 DC, repeat from * across, skip last DC, DC into ch 3, turn
Repeat Row 2 until you have the number of rows needed for the size you are making
With black yarn, attach anywhere to the rectangle.
Chain 2, HDC around, join to beginning HDC
Repeat until you have 4 rows total
1. Lay your rectangle flat. It should be longer horizontally.
2. Fold the rectangle down in half.
3. Starting at the bottom edge of one side, use a tapestry needle and black yarn to sew up the side until you have about 8 inches left. This will be an arm hole. *You can adjust this as needed if you would like a bigger or smaller opening*
4. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. Weave in all ends.